Icing On The Cake

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Title: Icing On The Cake
Series: Weddings By Design
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Published: August 15, 2013
Pages: 320

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Scarlet Lindsey is busy making her baking dreams come true. She moved her bakery to a prime spot on Galveston’s most popular street, she’s making the cake for her best friend’s weddings, and she has a great relationship with Bella Neely, the island’s most popular wedding coordinator. So far, business is booming for her and Scarlet is enjoying the ride.

Scarlet’s happy ride comes to a snag when Bella’s dangerously handsome brother, Armando, sweeps into Galveston and Scarlet’s life. Her love life has just gotten so much more complicated. She has one dependable, sweet, safe guy who has been a fixture in her life for years and she has the dangerous guy with a bad reputation. She just has to choose between the two of them and the decision isn’t as easy as she thought it would be.

As Scarlet gets to know Armando better she starts to see a different man than the man his family warned her about. She starts to feel things for this man but doesn’t know if what she feels will last or whether Armando really has changed at all from the man he used to be. Falling for him also makes Scarlet finally feel comfortable with who she is, which is one of the hardest journey a woman can make.

Can Scarlet learn to be okay with who she is the easy way or the hard way? Will Scarlet let go of her worries and head over heels for a guy she knows next to nothing about? How will Scarlet pick between guys? What will happen to Scarlet’s life now that Armando’s life has become part of it? Will Scarlet’s life and priorities be the same after Armando?
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I love Janice Thompson! She always manages to hook me with her stories and the hilarity that goes along with them. From hilarious hi-jinx to quirky characters, her stories always grab me and touch a different part of me. This one in particular touches a piece of me that very few do. I feel like this book might just be the best yet and I applaud the author’s ability to get me so engrossed in her stories.

Scarlet is by far my favorite character in this book. There are quite a few colorful and quirky characters to choose from so it wasn’t easy picking one, but after getting to “know” Scarlet and her struggles, I had to pick her as my favorite. I really empathized with her because of my own struggle with weight and trying to feel comfortable with who I was. Because of that big similarity, I really felt a kinship with Scarlet that I haven’t felt with many characters and it was really awesome to get to experience that.

The romance was another hit from Janice Thompson. For me she combines the perfect amount of emotional growth with enough physical displays of affection to leave me satisfied. Another thing I loved was the fact that Scarlet found not just any guy but an incredibly attractive Italian guy to fall in love. For some reason it gave me a confidence boost and reaffirmed for me that I didn’t have to be supermodel thin to get an incredible guy. I think that factor alone made this book incredibly relatable and touching.

The story is really well written and has an amazing pace. It’s filled with humor, a few accidents, and a sense of family, unlike any other book I’ve read. Story lines like this one are the very reason why I come back for more as far as this author is concerned. I got sucked in and a piece of my heart was stolen once again and I’m glad that it happened once again.

Janice Thompson never ceases to amaze me when I pick up one of her books. Her ability to craft an amazing story is an art form and I will forever try to get my hands on what she’s written. I don’t know how she does it but she truly has a God-given gift of storytelling and character building that can leave you breathless. I will forever be a fan of her and definitely plan on reading more from her. She comes highly recommended.

Overall, I connected with this book in a way I never really have before and I loved the piece of my heart that was stolen during Scarlet’s story. This book is perfect for those that struggle with self image issues and want romance that includes someone with those same issues. I also think this book is good for adults but I think you can’t really go wrong by giving this to your teens. It’ll show them that perfection doesn’t happen nor does it need to. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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